Thursday, November 6, 2014

ARC Review: Julie's Butterfly

Julie's Butterfly by Greta Milan
Publisher: Amazon Crossing, 2014
360 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Link: Goodreads

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When beautiful Julietta meets aloof, handsome photographer Bastian, she immediately feels butterflies in her stomach.

But Bastian has a secret: Since birth, he has suffered from a very rare skin disorder that makes him exceptionally prone to injury. His life is riddled with pain and rejection; his thoughts are dominated by self-doubt and mistrust.

Julie wants to help him shake loose his inhibitions and open up to her, but can she reach deep enough to truly understand his suffering?

My Review:
The main male character Bastian and his best friend suffer from this painful disease that challenges them every day, but varied in degrees. These characters are written rather well and are extremely loveable. Julie and Bastian are an unlikely match initially but, in spite of it, finally bare and heal one another’s souls. It’s the love story we all wish for, yet so few are able to shed our protective layers and be completely open and vulnerable, to reveal our wounds and scars without shame or fear. For most, those wounds and scars are symbolic of past hurts. For Bastian, Felix and other “butterfly children” they are reality. Thank you, Greta, for allowing us to consider and hopefully learn from both. There are many struggles and conflicts to overcome in this book, some are easy to conquer while the others are rather more complicated. It has maturity and realness that is not found in most stories today.

This read was emotional,amazing and showed us how people suffering from epidermolysis bullosa had to struggle with it everyday because one contact, even insignificant to us can hurt them badly.Reading about this story made us realize about how mean can people be, afraid of the unknown. This as a beautiful lesson of love and life through the POV of Julie and Bastian.The epilogue was perfect! I will read this book more than once.

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